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Peach Ice Cream

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My sister and brother-in-law live in California’s Central Valley. In season, it’s stone fruit country. While grocery stores seek uniform sized, unblemished fruit, anyone can drive around and find “culls” — perfectly edible and delicious — for next to nothing. With this bounty available, my sister decided to develop the perfect recipe for peach ice cream. This is it. (If you’re concerned about raw eggs, use pasteurized eggs.) 


3 eggs
1¾ cups sugar
5 fresh peaches, peeled and chopped
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt


In a large bowl, mix eggs and sugar until smooth. Puree peaches, take 2½ cups and mix with egg-sugar mixture. Stir in remaining ingredients. Freeze in ice cream maker. Remove from ice cream maker, put ice cream in a container, and place in freezer to harden.

Note: Any fruit may be substituted.


Orange Créme Caramel

Friday, July 7, 2017

​You never know where you’re going to find a recipe, right? This was in the Costco Connection magazine this month. It called for oranges from South Africa, but I have an abundant Valencia orange tree in the backyard.

The creamy, rich texture of this dessert is perfectly complimented and balanced with the bright, citrus flavors of oranges.

Serves 8


4 oranges
1 3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
3 1/4 cups whole milk
3 whole eggs plus 3 large egg yolks
Raspberries and fresh mint for garnish


Finely zest 3 oranges, then squeeze the juice from orange to measure 1 cup. Pour juice through sieve into saucepan to remove pulp. Add water and 1¼ cup sugar to saucepan with juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat, only stirring to dissolve sugar, then DO NOT STIR. Continue boiling and brush any crystals that form on the sides of pan with a pastry brush that has been dipped in cold water. This will stop sugar from crystallizing. Swirl mixture in pan until color turns golden, then to an amber color. Immediately divide caramel between eight 6oz ramekins. Set ramekins aside. In a separate saucepot, bring milk and zest to slight boil over medium low heat then turn heat off and let zest infuse into milk for 10 minutes.

Whisk whole eggs, yolks, and remaining ½ cup sugar in a bowl. Ladle warm milk into egg mixture and combine. Pour mixture through a sieve to remove zests. Divide among the caramelized ramekins and place ramekins into a roasting pan.

Place roasting pan in the oven, with door open, add just enough hot water to the roasting pan to come half way up the ramekins. Close oven door and bake for 45–55 minutes until custard is set. Lift ramekins from roasting pan onto a cooling rack. With a towel in hand, carefully run a knife around side of ramekin to loosen, then allow to cool completely.

For service, invert molds onto plate. Leave ramekin inverted on plate until custard falls out on its own with caramel sliding down the sides. Garnish with raspberries and fresh mint.

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

1/2 cup ketchup (120ml)
1/2 cup homemade chicken stock or store-bought low-sodium chicken broth (120ml)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar (60ml), plus more if needed
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon bourbon (75ml), divided
1 small onion, grated on the large holes of a box grater (about 4 ounces; 115g)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (30ml)
1 tablespoon dark molasses (15ml)
1 tablespoon soy sauce (15ml)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (15ml)
2 teaspoons hot sauce (10ml), plus more if needed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a small saucepan, stir together ketchup, chicken stock, sugar, vinegar, 1/4 cup bourbon (60ml), onion, Dijon, molasses, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and black pepper. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by about one-third (sauce should be glaze-like). Stir in the remaining tablespoon of bourbon and add more vinegar or hot sauce to taste, if desired.

Cooled barbecue sauce can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

(from Serious Eats Summer Nachos

Lemon Brownies

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Lemon has always been my favorite dessert flavor. In addition, I’m lucky to have citrus – including a Meyer lemon tree – growing in my backyard. This is a good post-BBQ dessert made from ingredients that I always have on hand.Ingredients:


    95 g all-purpose flour
    150 g white sugar
    115 g unsalted butter, softened
    3 g sea salt
    3 eggs
    30 ml lemon juice
    6 g lemon zest, plus more for icing


    125 g confectioners’ sugar
    60 ml lemon juice
    1 ml vanilla extract


    Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease an 8-inch square baking dish.

    Beat flour, white sugar, butter, and sea salt together in a bowl using an electric mixer until well mixed. Whisk eggs, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon lemon zest together in a separate bowl; mix into flour mixture and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.

    Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes. Cool until bottom of dish is warm to the touch.

    Whisk confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice, vanilla extract, and lemon zest (to taste) together in a bowl until smooth; spread over brownies.

from: Lemon Brownies

Midyett BBQ Rub

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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This rub made great spareribs, with a crunchy crust and really good flavor. I usually let seasonings sit on the meat for awhile, but I only dusted them to sit while the fire got up to temp. Five hours in the Weber Kettle at 240° untended (using my Slow n Sear). Perfect.

2 parts good sea salt
1 part black pepper
1/4-1/2 part sumac
1/3-1/2 part ground coffee
1/4-1/2 part garlic powder
1/4-1/2 part cocoa powder

[Note: I used the larger quantities of each ingredient.] 

Special equipment: Spice grinder.

Ingredient info: Sumac is widely available at Middle Eastern grocery stores and spice specialty stores. For the pepper, Midyett tries to use freshly ground Tellicherry; for the coffee, he recommends a darker roast.


Combine ingredients and grind as fine as possible. “Try not to inhale the mixture when you open the grinder, or you will pay a price,” Midyett warns. Coat the meat entirely with the resulting blend before cooking.

from: The Steve Albini-approved Midyett Rub Will Change How You Cook Meat

Thai-Style Hot Wings ​| Chris Schlesinger

Friday, April 28, 2017

4 pounds chicken wings (tips discarded)
¼ c. good quality curry powder
kosher salt and fresh-cracked black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
¼ cups long Thai chilis, minced
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped


Rub wings with curry powder, salt, pepper and sesame oil. Grill over medium-high heat, 5 to 8 minutes, turning often until chicken is cooked through. 

Toss all remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Place cooked wings in bowl. Toss until wings are well coated with sauce. 

Serves 4 to 6.

Hatch Chile Sauce

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

​We’re going to Santa Fe on vacation in a couple of weeks. I love the food in New Mexico, and so, when I was doing an inventory of my freezer the other day and I found some roasted Hatch chiles, I decided to make up a batch of this sauce.  There is no definitive recipe for this sauce, and they’re all delicious, so change it up to your own taste. You can leave it chunky, or puree it to use as an enchilada sauce.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups pork stock (or 1-1⁄2 cups chicken or vegetable stock) 
  • 1 cup chopped roasted and peeled Hatch chiles (remove veins and seeds if you like it milder) 
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano


  1. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the onion and garlic in the oil until tender (about 3 minutes)
  2. Stir in the flour, cumin, salt and pepper and cook over medium heat, stirring, for 2 minutes
  3. Stir in the stock and simmer until thick and smooth
  4. Stir in the chiles and oregano

Use immediately, or let cool and store in refrigerator, covered, for up to one day. 

To serve, reheat thoroughly. 

Photo credit: (because I forgot to take a picture of my own)